Activists to visit North Korea hibakusha

SHENYANG, China (Kyodo) Eight antinuclear activists, most of them Japanese, departed for Pyongyang on Saturday to study the current condition of North Korean survivors of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The team includes Takashi Mukai, deputy chief of the Japan Congress Against A- and H-Bombs, known as Gensuikin; Shingou Fukuyama, an executive officer of the association; and Li Sil Gun, head of a Japan-based organization that helps Korean atomic bomb survivors. They plan to return to Japan on Wednesday.

They will meet with members of a North Korean group of atomic bomb survivors to ascertain their current situation.